“Owen and His Checkered Past set the perfect musical tone with mandolin mountain blues: Owen up there with a suitcase kick drum strumming out a tight staccato rhythm singing in a clean back country front porch style reminiscent of Doc Watson or a long lost descendant of the Carter Family. The sound is excellent. Lyrics absolutely 21st Century. Name checking Derrida during the excellent song, “Upstanding Citizen Blues.” Later Roby comes up with a banjo and closes out the set with people on their feet dancing like it was 1899.”
-What’s Up, January 2012